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  1. MSK wrote, "Now Hsieh is a relative newcomer to Perigo’s gang. Her prior endorsement of PARC and hatred of the Brandens is the crucial point cementing their relationship. Everything was going along really hunky-dory in long Branden bashing and TOC bashing threads by the “anointed few,” high-fiving each other’s hatred, until one fine day a couple of weeks ago (maybe a little longer) Firehammer popped up out of nowhere on Hsieh’s site and applauded her for something or the other – I believe it was uhm… Branden bashing or TOC bashing. Cass chimed in shortly thereafter. "I could almost hear the m
  2. I was searching for current exhibitions of Alyssa Monks' work and came across the Sarah Bain Gallery. I thought some here might enjoy it: My favorites:
  3. "Where is Today's Mrs. Miniver? by Michelle Marder Kamhi Attention Hollywood: Are you morally capable of producing the kind of patriotic films about the war against the terrorist that your illustrious predecessors made during World War II?" Is Michelle Marder Kamhi suggesting that artists should create art to serve a primarily utilitarian function -- that of rallying the public to support a specific current political strategy? J
  4. John wrote, "She had developed a particular dislike for the other woman he in fact preferred. In her notes to herself, she seems to say that she could accept being passed over for some other woman, but could never accept being passed over by this particular woman." Yeah, I had read in other forums that Rand saw Patrecia as the lowly "shop girl" type. In fairness I also understand that NB played a part in contributing to that evaluation since he apparently focused on Patrecia's alleged flaws when discussing her with Rand. But then again, if I had been in his situation and Rand had told me that
  5. Charles wrote, "It is not the business of every busy body who thinks he or she is qualified to dictate the nature of a relationship as complex and individual as a marriage. Your role is just that of a citizen and comes into play only when the married couple come into a state of legal disagreement." I'm not advocating the idea that anyone should dictate anything, and I wasn't addressing legal issues, but social ones. I was suggesting that when two people voluntarily request that society recognize their marriage, they have ~invited~ society into that aspect of their lives, and have given up the
  6. I don't think I could choose a single favorite, but in addition to several films mentioned already (Rocky, Godfather, Shawshank, etc.) I'd add a few favorites that I've enjoyed watching over and over again: Awakenings A Beautiful Mind To Kill a Mockingbird Dances With Wolves The World According to Garp Reservoir Dogs Pulp Fiction The Sound of Music My Fair Lady Mulholland Drive Forrest Gump J
  7. In response to my statement on the public nature of marriage, Ellen wrote, "I don't think I actually agree that she made it everyone's business specifically for that reason." What did marriage mean to Rand (initially, not after she had an affair) if not an official, public declaration of an exclusive romantic relationship? Why did she seek to include the public (or society, the state, or however you want to put it) as a participant in the establishment of the status of the relationship in the first place? It seems odd to me that an intense moralist would value and voluntarily attain a form of
  8. I've only read excerpts from Rand's "To Whom It May Concern." I Googled for more, but couldn't find much. In my search I did come across this blog entry from Diana Hsieh which I thought was interesting: I think Hsieh takes a reasonable position in response to what she views as Rand's fabrications and false justifications, but I tend to disagree with her view that the affair was "nobody's business." Rand made it everyone's business when she sought the public sanction of marriage with Frank. She acquired a type of official, legal, publ
  9. Thanks for that, Ellen. I've spent a rather hectic week and a half in Communicado (FL, not TX) and it was nice to have a giggle waiting for me on my return. :-) J
  10. Today I just can't make my pen write I'm drained of all spirit and insight I can write no more (by the way, I wrote four not five, as claimed by John Enright)
  11. There once was slusher named Bissell Who played his pump clear as a whistle In a moment of artifice He posted as Artemis Which caused many an O'ist to bristle There once was a dame named Barbara Who angered a nasty grudge-harborer She snuck out the door During SOLOC4 And got narked on for smokin' a Marlb'ra There once was a lady named Ellen Quite adept at grammar and spellin' She cut through the muddle With notions so subtle They often caused pain in my melon. There once was a fella named Branden His studly young arms he held Rand in They tiddly-winkled But when she got wrinkled Branden abando
  12. I've never used it myself, so I don't know if it offers exactly what you're after, but I've followed links on various sites to files parked at putfile: J
  13. Ellen, I took MSK's advice and read Sciabarra's Notablog review of PARC. In Sciabarra's rejoinder ( to Valliant's reply in the comments section, he quotes Walker's book and offers comments: ----- Valliant admits to using unnamed anonymous sources to corroborate Walker's claims with regard to the break between Kay Nolte Smith and Ayn Rand because Walker is "the only published source" on the subject. Valliant is right that Walker did not invent these claims. But a comparison between Walker's exposition and Valliant's exposition is inst
  14. Thanks for the replies. From the bits and pieces that I've read in comments online about PARC, I understand that Rand's thoughts were directed toward grappling with the mixed signals that she was receiving, but I was expecting that there would also be some self-examination: Rand seriously confronting her own errors, lies or deceptions, and pondering how they may or may not have contributed to the problems that she faced with NB. The righteous tone of Rand's views on topics such as cowardice, second-handers, appeasement, social metaphysics, courage, independence, betrayal, sacrifice, etc. keeps
  15. A few questions for those who have read PARC: Does Rand ever comment, in those sections of her private journals which Valliant selected for publication, why it was important to her to keep The Affair a secret? (Btw, am I remembering correctly that even Rand's closest intellectual associate and legal heir hadn't been informed of the truth by Rand, and that he had to wait to discover it in her private journals after her death?) Does PARC reveal whether or not Rand confessed to having second-hander fear of what others would think about the affair? In her journal entries, does she ponder why she f
  16. Thanks for your responses, Michael and Kat. Perhaps I could have been more clear in outlining the context of our fictional freelancer. She would be in the advanced stages of converting to Official Objectivism, which implies that if the opportunity arose, it would be completely unacceptable to her to even consider taking an assignment, no matter how briefly, as the sole technical rescuer of Barbara or Nathaniel Branden's broken websites. She would see doing so as an unforgivable act of enabling evil. In that context, wouldn't it be odd for her to hold to the view that, as an informed, active Ob
  17. In her essay, The Question of Scholarships, Ayn Rand wrote, "The principle here is as follows: it is proper to take the kind of work which is not wrong per se, except that the government should not be doing it, such as medical services; it is improper to take the kind of work that ~nobody~ should be doing, such as is done by the F.T.C., the F.C.C., etc. But the same limitation applies to a man's choice of private employment: a man is not responsible for the moral or political views of his employers, but he cannot accept a job in an undertaking which he considers immoral, or in which his work c
  18. "I don't know what the dish I made should be called..." Jaegerschnitzel! Glad your family enjoyed it, Kat! Best, J
  19. Thanks for your comments, Roger. If I can find the time over the next few busy days, I'll reply to a few points. But in the mean time, it occurs to me that in keeping with the spirit of this forum, I should have prefaced my earlier remarks (and my late night, groggy semi-silliness) with an expression of my appreciation for your essays on art. I've mentioned it now and then in other forums over the years, but I think it bears repeating that your insights have been very stimulating to me, and I'm sincerely grateful for all that I've learned from you -- not only in regard to aesthetics, but philo
  20. OK, I've been working all night and I'm admittedly a little punchy, but: If Objectivists were to successfully mate with bats (which I think in some cases in New Zealand and Colorado might actually work), and their offspring were to use their powerful echo-location abilities to develop a new form of music which aurally "depicted" precisely discernible entities engaging in completely identifiable fictional activities, would they abandon regular music? Would these Batjectivists insist that, with their ability to create for themselves very realistic, aural illusions of things from reality, subtler
  21. Roger wrote, "There definitely IS representation of reality and expression of metaphysical value-judgements in architecture -- at least, so I argue -- and I continue to be puzzled as to why Objectivists don't get this point." I don't know that they don't get the point. I think it's much more likely that they're reluctant to accept it because they're worried about its implications regarding abstract painting and sculpture, which they don't want to recognize as art. Speaking of which, Roger, am I correct in assuming that you believe that the type of abstract art Rand wrote about in the quote Mic
  22. Bicentennial Man listed as a favorite film in Artemis' extended profile was what had confirmed my suspicion that you were in drag again, Roger. I know of no one else who recommends the film (I haven't seen it, but now that I know that a kindly elderly woman like Artie regards it as a favorite, perhaps I should rent it soon). I had gotten the Diana part but not the carriage/shay/Hsieh bit -- I was assuming that that part of the joke was merely a typical Bissell groaner: Ms. Kerridge = miscarriage (Diana Miscarriage, or something like that). Anyway, it was fun to watch while it lasted, you evil
  23. Wow, Dragonfly, that gendi is fantastic. J
  24. Hey Kat, I guess I've never thought of substituting something for the wine, but I'm thinking that grape juice and/or ginger ale would work well with the other flavors in this particular recipe. Best, J